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Wilson Huggett Project: Field of Hope

Read "Field of Hope" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Five years after Max Roach Park (Jazz Direct, 2006), UK/South African bassist Dan Wilson and drummer Mark Huggett return with a multinational, multidimensional offering that continues and improves upon the strong suits of their earlier disc.

On the one hand, there is a focus on establishing moods, often undergirded by deep and pleasing grooves; this ...


WOMAD: Malmesbury, England, July 29-31, 2011

Read "WOMAD: Malmesbury, England, July 29-31, 2011" reviewed by Martin Longley

Charlton Park
Malmesbury, England
July 29-31, 2011
The World Of Music, Arts & Dance, which will celebrate it's 30th anniversary in 2012, is almost certainly the biggest, best and longest-established international festival of global sounds. With its roots in England, the organization has steadily cultivated a worldwide ...


Talking Drum Master, Ghana School Builder, Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family

Mohammed Alidu has ways of making drums talk. Centuries-old ways passed down through dozens of generations of Bizungs, the hereditary talking drum masters of Northern Ghana. These ways turn drum strokes into speech, transmit instructive proverbs and ancient histories, and spark new exuberantly danceable songs.

Alidu takes the talking drums of his past into new territory ...

Take Five With Daniel Ian Smith

Read "Take Five With Daniel Ian Smith" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Daniel Ian Smith: Daniel Ian Smith is a saxophonist/flutist and an Associate Professor at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he has taught for the past fifteen years. Daniel has had the privilege to perform in Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the United States in major jazz festivals ...


Baaba Maal: Missing You (Mi Yeewnii)

Read "Missing You (Mi Yeewnii)" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Senegalese singer Baaba Maal has a voice that projects such intensity that it almost doesn't matter what musical setting he chooses, but smaller groups and acoustic instruments do him the most justice. The amazing thing about Missing you (Mi Yeewnii), recorded in the Afro-pop musician's literal backyard, is that it really does sound like a performance ...